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Victim-blaming: Why survivors of sexual violence won’t come forward

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:37 AM

‘When you hear that someone has been raped, it challenges our belief in a just, fair world.' People would then resort to blaming the victim to reduce the discomfort from an idea that conflicts with their belief.

6 decades of missions to Mars

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:44 PM

A look back at some key Mars missions over the last 60 years

A picture taken on July 5, 2020 shows the entrance of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), in the Gulf city of Dubai. The oil-rich United Arab Emirates has built a nuclear power programme and sent a man to space, and now plans to join another elite club by sending a probe to Mars. Only the United States, India, the former Soviet Union, and the European Space Agency have successfully sent missions to orbit the Red Planet, while China is preparing to launch its first Mars rover later this month. The UAE, a collection of sheikhdoms better known for its skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands and mega attractions, is now pushing to join their ranks in what will be a first for the Arab world.  GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

[PODCAST] Making Space: Are boys' schools ready to embrace co-education?

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Are constructing new bathrooms and giving sewing classes enough to welcome girls in high schools that are so used to being all-boys? Rappler explores the topic with La Salle Green Hills and Ateneo Senior High School alumni.

[PODCAST] Making Space: Some sex workers think they don't need saving

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:23 PM

Rappler explores the less popular but equally true discourse that sex workers sometimes engage in this activity on their own accord, and so they don’t consider informing authorities about it is in their best interest

[PODCAST] Making Space: Braving the anti-terror bill as student-journalists

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:17 PM

With the youth and students at the forefront of speaking truth to power, how are they dealing with the threat of the pending anti-terror bill?

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with International Space Station

May 31, 2020 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) It is the first time a crewed United States spacecraft has docked in nearly a decade

NASA astronauts head for ISS on historic SpaceX flight

May 31, 2020 - 8:54 AM

(UPDATED) Nasa astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley name the Crew Dragon capsule 'Endeavor' after the retired space shuttle on which they both flew

BLAST OFF. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the manned Crew Dragon spacecraft attached takes off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

What you need to know about SpaceX's 'Demo-2' mission

May 30, 2020 - 5:33 PM

This will be the first crewed launch from US soil of a US-made rocket since the space shuttle program ended in 2011 and the first ever by a private company

READY. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (left) and Doug Hurley head for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on May 27, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo from the SpaceX Instagram

[PODCAST] Making Space: Upholding reproductive health rights in a pandemic

May 28, 2020 - 2:45 PM

With the Philippine health system overwhelmed by the ongoing pandemic, are there enough resources to cater to non-coronavirus concerns?

House committee passes bill requiring masks, distancing post-pandemic

May 28, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Wearing of face masks and physical distancing in public vehicles and areas would become mandatory in post-pandemic Philippines if this bill becomes law

'BETTER NORMAL.' Passengers in a bus following a Mendez-Imus route observe physical distancing. File photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler)

SpaceX, NASA delay milestone mission due to bad weather

May 28, 2020 - 8:56 AM

Officials cite the threat of lightning, among other factors

DELAYED. This still image taken from NASA TV, shows the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, with astronauts Bob Behnken (front) and Doug Hurley, at Launch Complex 39A in Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27, 2020. Photo by NASA/AFP

SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard

May 27, 2020 - 9:41 AM

NASA is finally ready to go – or as ready as they can be to strap two people on top of a 500-ton rocket filled with combustible fuel

PREPS. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft attached is seen as it is prepared for tomorrow's scheduled liftoff from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on May 26, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space for the first time

May 24, 2020 - 11:39 AM

Veteran space travelers Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are set to crew the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station

SPACE RACE. This handout photo released by NASA shows NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (L) and Douglas Hurley (R) are seen on a monitor showing the crew access arm at Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal in preparation for the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft on NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission on May 23, 2020. Photo by NASA/Joel Kowsky/NASA/AFP

NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

May 23, 2020 - 4:47 PM

US astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have been in strict quarantine since May 13 because of the pandemic, but they say their actual isolation began as far back as mid-March

In this image released by Space X, the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket are pictured at Launch Complex 39A on May 21, 2020, as preparations continue for the Demo-2 mission at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon will take off from Kennedy on May 27 with help from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and dock at the ISS. SPACEX / AFP

[PODCAST] Making Space: Protecting women and children during lockdown

May 13, 2020 - 7:00 PM

We are reminded stay home to keep safe from the coronavirus. But what happens when home is not a safe place?

China's new spacecraft returns to Earth – official

May 08, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The spacecraft – launched Tuesday – arrives safely at a predetermined site, the China Manned Space Agency says, after a hitch in an earlier part of the key test

SPACECRAFT. This file photo taken on May 5, 2020 shows a Long March 5B rocket lifting off from the Wenchang launch site on China's southern Hainan island. Photo by AFP

China says launch of key new space rocket 'successful'

May 05, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The Long March 5B rocket takes off from the Wenchang launch site in the southern island of Hainan

LIFTOFF. A Long March 5B rocket lifts off from the Wenchang launch site on China's southern Hainan island on May 5, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Space station crew dock at ISS after virus-hit buildup

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:23 PM

In recent weeks, astronauts and cosmonauts on the ISS and on Earth have been sharing tips on coping with self-isolation

ISS. This Russia's space agency Roscosmos handout picture taken and released on April 9, 2020 shows NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, members of the International Space Station expedition 63, board the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft prior the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo by Russian Space Agency Roscosmos/AFP

[PODCAST] Making Space: Achieving equality for women in the workplace

Apr 01, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Why are there jobs 'for men' or 'for women'? Why are some strong female leaders 'too aggressive'? Rappler explores gender issues in the workplace with PBCWE executive director Julia Abad and WiTech founder Audrey Pe.

NASA suspends work on Moon rocket due to virus

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:58 PM

The virus outbreak could hit US plans to return to the Moon by 2024

SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM. This NASA photo released on January 6, 2020 shows NASA's powerful new rocket, the Space Launch System, which will send astronauts a quarter million miles from Earth to lunar orbit at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. File photo by Jude Guidry/NASA/AFP

#SanaAllSchools: Students seek safe spaces vs sexual harassment on campus

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Several school administrators and student leaders call for 'safe space desks' on campuses nationwide, where victims could report their experiences for immediate action

SAFE SPACES. Student leaders and school officials call for the establishment of safe space desks in campuses all over the country on Monday, March 9, at the University Hotel in UP Diliman. Photo by Samantha Bagayas

Filipinas sit-in to stop traffic, claim spaces on Int’l Women’s Day

Mar 08, 2020 - 4:18 PM

More than 300 women gather and block roads as they symbolically push back against narrowing political spaces

WOMEN OCCUPY SPACE. Members of the World March for Women along with other women organizations and support groups staged a flash mob dance at the corner of Scout Tobias in Quezon City on March 8, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Indonesia space agency takes small step towards 'dream'

Mar 03, 2020 - 12:57 PM

'We've got a dream to put our own satellite-launching rocket 200 or 300 kilometers into space within 5 years,' says head of Indonesia's Rocket Technology Centre. Some experts question how realistic that timeline is.

ROCKET READY. This picture taken on November 19, 2019 shows workers preparing a miniature test rocket as Indonesia's little-known space agency, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), prepares for its latest launch on barren scrubland in Lumajang, East Java. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

U.S. professor charged with hiding link to China on NASA-funded project

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The US Justice Department says Anming Hu hid his ties to Beijing University of Technology while he taught and did research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

CHARGED. File photo of Anming Hu. Photo from University of Tennessee Knoxville

Earth captures new 'mini moon'

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:36 PM

Earth's new neighbor is not in a stable orbit around the planet and is unlikely to be around for very long

'MINI MOON.' The Catalina Sky Survey's' 61" Kuiper telescope and the CSS Schmidt under starry skies at Mt Bigelow Station. File photo from Catalina Sky Survey's website

Airbus Defence and Space to cut over 2,300 jobs

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Airbus is cutting Defence and Space division jobs in Germany, Spain, France, and Britain

Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for marketing and sales Bernhard Brenner stands in front of a A350-1000 model plane at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 12, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

[PODCAST] Making Space: Children having children

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:31 PM

What can be done about the alarming rates of adolescent pregnancies in the Philippines? We explore the topic with insights from Oxfam Pilipinas' Erika Geronimo.

Space explorers wanted: NASA seeks next generation of astronauts

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:27 PM

Requirements: A relevant Master's degree, prepared to live and work 400 kilometers above Earth on the International Space Station, and a US citizen

NEXT GENERATION. An artists rendition of a an astronaut in outer space over planet Earth. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

[PODCAST] Making Space: Lumad schools face challenges after government-ordered closure

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:30 AM

What challenges lie ahead for indigenous children in Mindanao after the government closed down 54 Lumad schools? Rius Valle of the Save Our Schools Network give us some answers.

U.S. astronaut returns to Earth after longest mission by woman

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Christina Koch, a 41-year-old Michigan-born engineer, beats the previous record for a single spaceflight by a woman – 289 days, held by NASA veteran Peggy Whitson

RECORD-BREAKING. This NASA photo released on February 4, 20202 shows NASA astronaut Christina Koch during a spacewalk on January 15, 2020. AFP PHOTO/NASA/HANDOUT

[PODCAST] Making Space: Sexual harassment survivors 'fighting to fight'

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:40 PM

What is it like to take your abuser to court? This is one woman's story.

Astronauts bake first cookies in space

Jan 25, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Astronauts on the International Space Station discover a way to bake chocolate chip cookies in space, which takes at least two hours

[PODCAST] Making Space: Are your kids vaccinated?

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:06 PM

How is the Philippines dealing with outbreaks in 2020? Health reporter Janella Paris talks to researcher Vernise Tantuco about it on this episode of 'Making Space'

SpaceX to simulate astronaut ejection in final test

Jan 19, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The success of this test is essential for SpaceX and for NASA, which urgently needs to certify a spacecraft to transport its astronauts to the ISS this year

CREW DRAGON. Employees of SpaceX work on the Crew Dragon reusable spacecraft after a press conference at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on October 10, 2019. File photo by Philip Pacheco / AFP

Building a haven for freelancers

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:00 PM

In Mastermind Hub Coworking Space, freelancers can avail of quick internet access, a virtual office, and more

[PODCAST] Making Space: Married at 14

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:52 PM

In some parts of the Philippines, children as young as 12 years old can get married. Listen as Rappler's Vernise Tantuco and Mara Cepeda explore the topic in this episode of 'Making Space.'

Wanted: Girlfriend to fly to the moon with Japanese billionaire

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:33 PM

The deadline to apply is January 17, 2020. Interested?

BOSS. Yusaku Maezawa, entrepreneur and then-chief of online fashion company Zozo and SpaceX BFR's first private passenger, poses with a miniature rocket and space helmet prior to start of a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, October 9, 2018. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP)

'Space unites us': First Iranian-American astronaut reaches for stars

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:11 AM

The 36-year-old immigrant said she hoped her example might help inspire others from similar backgrounds

IRANIAN-AMERICAN. NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli celebrates during astronaut graduation at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, on January 10, 2020. Photo by Mark Felix/AFP

Rappler Talk: Tanya Hamada on navigating PH civic space

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:55 PM

On Wednesday, January 8, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to democracy activist Tanya Hamada about what the Philippines can learn from other countries in terms of utilizing civic space

Duterte appoints housing secretary, space agency chief

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:20 PM

HUDCC chief Eduardo del Rosario will head the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development while DOST's Joel Marciano Jr will lead the Philippine Space Agency

HOUSING SECRETARY. New Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario also serves as Marawi rehab czar. Screenshot from Rappler talk

Alien life is out there, but our theories are probably steering us away from it

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:00 AM

What we notice depends, quite heavily sometimes, on our theories, concepts, background beliefs, and prior expectations

There’s a coworking cafe hidden in this Cebu City village

Dec 29, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Murals Hostel and Coworking Space is a laid back place to get work done, or just hang out and do nothing

WORK AND CHILL. Murals is a place you can be productive or relax and do nothing. Photo from Murals Hostel and Cafe

Boeing spacecraft lands in New Mexico after mission cut short

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:42 PM

The Starliner capsule was launched Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, but shortly after separating from its Atlas V launch rocket, its thrusters failed to activate as planned

SAFE LANDING. The Boeing Starliner in New Mexico. Screenshot from NASA Facebook page

Cebu City passes ‘Bawal Bastos’ ordinance

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The Safe Streets and Public Spaces Ordinance covers acts like unwanted invitations, sexual comments or gestures, stalking, persistent telling of sexual jokes, and even intrusive gazing or leering

Glitch delays launch of Europe's exoplanet hunter

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:49 PM

CHEOPS, short for CHaracterising ExxOPlanet Satellite, will seek to better understand what exoplanets are made of – an important step in the long quest to unravel the conditions required for extraterrestrial life

Exoplanet file photo from Shutterstock

Supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy may have a friend

Dec 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

If there is a friend there, it might be a second black hole nearby that is at least 100,000 times the mass of the Sun

An artist’s conception of two black holes entwined in a gravitational tango. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Christopher Go

A surprisingly big black hole might have swallowed a star from the inside out, and scientists are baffled

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The black hole seems too big to be the product of a single star collapsing, which poses questions for our theories of how black holes form

NEW DISCOVERY. A recently discovered black hole – found by the way it makes a nearby star wobble – is hard to square with our understanding of how these dark cosmic objects form. NAOC, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Playful back-to-back exhibits by Space Encounters Gallery lets you relive your childhood

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Four local contemporary artists contemplate childhood through their art

ODE TO CHILDHOOD. Space Encounters Gallery's back-to-back exhibits celebrate and explore the idea of childhood. Photo courtesy of Space Encounters Gallery

Titan: First global map uncovers secrets of a potentially habitable moon of Saturn

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Understanding the distribution of landscapes documented in the global map is a vital step towards understanding the environments and history of this amazing world

TITAN. Titan imaged in the near infrared by the Cassini orbiter on November 13, 2015. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/University of Idaho

If real estate developers cared for our mental health

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We have evolved with and in nature and thus need more than just Instagrammable brushes with it in order to live